MANILA, Philippines – Tina Thompson the other day talked about the NBA Junior program and her glorious past in the WNBA. Then she talked about volleyball and tennis, the two other sports close to her heart.
But as her exclusive 10-minute conversation with The STAR was winding down, it shifted to boxing. She knows a bit about boxing and some of its greatest fighters.
Thompson said she loved watching some of Muhammad Ali’s fights as well as Mike Tyson’s.
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LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao scored a unanimous decision to defeat WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley Saturday night. The judges had it 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110. Pacquiao regains his welterweight title and avenges his controversial loss two years ago to Bradley.
This time there is no doubt. Pacquiao got a clean sweep by the judges, and Bradley suffered his first loss. He’s now 31-1, with 12 KOs. Pacquiao is 56-5 with 38 KOs.
Afterwards in the ring Bradley told Pacquiao: “Congratulations. You deserved it.”
Bradley also said he pulled his right calf in the first round but added, “I have no excuses.”
Here’s how the fight unfolded at the MGM Grand Garden Arena:
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Manny Pacquiao is still convinced that he clearly won in his first showdown with Timothy Bradley, and the former pound-for-pound king vowed to settle the score in their rematch.
Pacquiao, who will face Bradley in a rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, vowed to make the undefeated American pay for saying that he has lost his hunger and killer instinct.
The Filipino boxing icon said that Bradley seemed to have lit the fire in him again, saying that, on fight night, Bradley will face the same fighter who defeated boxing greats like Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales, and Marco Antonio Barrera.
Former boxing champion Kostya Tszyu echoed the statement of Timothy Bradley, saying that Manny Pacquiao really lost his hunger based on his previous fights.
In an interview with On The Ropes Boxing Radio, Tszyu boldly said that Pacquiao is not the same fighter as he was before, saying that a fighter cannot be on top of his game if he has no hunger.
“I agree with what Timothy said, that Manny Pacquiao is not hungry anymore,” Tszyu said. “You can’t be on top of your game if you’re not hungry anymore. I lost my hunger in the last couple of weeks of my fights because when you achieve everything in sports, it’s so hard to push yourself over and over the limit.”
Timothy Bradley is convinced that he doesn’t need a knockout against Manny Pacquiao to get a definite result, similar to what Juan Manuel Marquez did when he stopped Pacquiao in their fourth showdown in December 2012.
Bradley, who will face Pacquiao in a rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, pointed out that Marquez was in a different situation in his fourth showdown with the Filipino boxing icon.
Bradley pointed out that Marquez failed to defeat Pacquiao in their first three showdowns, which was the reason why he had no choice but to score a knockout.
“Marquez was in a little bit of a bigger hole when he knocked him out. He had fought him three times and was not able to secure a win in any of the first three fights. He had tried everything and had failed so a knockout was the only way he would win,” Bradley said.
Freddie Roach is expecting a tough fight against Timothy Bradley, but he is confident Manny Pacquiao will emerge victorious in their rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Roach said that Bradley’s continuous taunting has been firing up Pacquiao, who is reportedly motivated to score a knockout win to prove his undefeated opponent wrong.
“Bradley told Manny that he’s lost his killer instinct and that he doesn’t have it any more. Manny feels like that was a little slap in face and I’m looking forward to Manny knocking this guy out. I think Manny is looking forward to it also — to show the world that he is a still a great fighter, a great puncher,” Roach said in an interview with On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
Bradley said that Pacquiao has lost his killer instinct after not scoring knockout wins in his previous fights, particularly in Pacquiao’s victory over Brandon Rios in November last year.
Manny Pacquiao will be gunning for redemption when he faces Timothy Bradley in a rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao absorbed a questionable split-decision loss in their first showdown in June 2012, and the former pound-for-pound king vowed not to give Bradley a chance to win against him again, saying that he is extra motivated for the upcoming rematch.
“Because I am facing Tim Bradley again I am extra motivated for this fight,” Pacquiao said, via BoxingScene. “I may not have won the decision the first time we fought but I know I did not lose that fight. I want the world title he won from me back around my waist. I want to prove I am the better fighter.”
Pacquiao also added that Bradley’s unblemished record is not intimidating him at all, saying that he is confident about his chances to hand the 30-year-old American the first defeat of his boxing career.
The former pound-for-pound king said that it won’t be easy since Bradley is a more complete fighter now compared to what he was during their first showdown, but Pacquiao stressed that he is itching to prove that he still has a lot of gas in his tank.
Bradley, who will put his WBO welterweight title on the line against in the rematch, previously said that Pacquiao lost his killer instinct – but Pacquiao is determined to prove Bradley wrong.
“No one has ever defeated Tim Bradley during his professional career,” Bradley said. “I want to be the first name in his loss column. It will not be easy. Nothing at the world championship level is easy. I still have the hunger and the desire to win and I appreciate Tim Bradley giving me this rematch to prove it.”
Pacquiao is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios in November – a win that snapped his two-straight defeats to Bradley and Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
In boxing and life in general there are some things that can bring the best of us out. There are also some things that can bring out the worst of us. Those things are called triggers. Those triggers can be anywhere.
On April 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada a boxing fight will take place. It’s the long awaited rematch between WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) and Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s).
In brief, the last 2 fights of both fighters were as following: Tim Bradley had to go through hell in order to get a victory over Ruslan Provodnikov last year in March. Following that, Bradley defeated Juan Manuel Marquez by a relatively easy victory by avoiding his shots for most of the fight. I guess the punishment from Provodnikov was enough to make Bradley change plans and fight smart against Marquez.
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